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Getting Around

    Campus maps

    Campus shuttles are a convenient, free way to get around campus. The Campus connector will transport you between the East Bank, West Bank, and St. Paul campuses. The campus circulators will transport you around campus. Full-size shuttles come equipped with wheelchair lifts and bike racks.

    Paratransit is a curb-to-curb transport service provided free of charge to persons with temporary or permanent physical disabilities. The service operates on the Twin Cities campus.

    Metro Transit is the transportation resource for the Twin Cities, offering an integrated network of buses, light rail and commuter trains. Type in our starting and ending destinations and Metro Transit will Plan Your Trip.

    Nice Ride is a non-profit bike sharing system, and anyone can become a member. Simply take a bike when you need one, and return it to any station in the system when you arrive at your destination. It's fast, easy and affordable. Several stations are conveniently located on the Twin Cities campus.

    Walking is the most economical way to access the Twin Cities campus. The University offers an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere with plenty of foliage and green plazas in different areas of campus. Estimated walking times are available online. Free campus security escorts are available 24/7 to walk or bike with anyone on campus. Call 612-624-WALK to request an escort.

    Getting to campus from the airport:

    • A taxi is the fastest, most convenient way to get to campus from the airport. A typical fare from the airport costs between $30-$50
    • Supershuttle service is available to the hotels near campus. Cost is $15 dollars.
    • Light rail service is available from the airport to the West Bank of the University of Minnesota. Follow the signs in the airport to the light rail station and use the blue line. If you are staying at the Courtyard Marriott purchase a ticket to Cedar/Riverside Station. The trip is 15 minutes and costs $2.25. The station is a six block walk to the Courtyard Marriot hotel. If you are going to the Commons Hotel or to Yudof Hall, purchase a ticket to Downtown East Station, you can transfer there to the Green Line and get off at the East Bank Station Stop. The walk to Yudof hall is a 1/4 of a mile and 1/3 block to the Commons Hotel.
    • Driving directions from the airport

    Where to park on campus when you get here.

Things to do

  • The New Student Guide is a great orientation to the Twin Cities campus and the area.

  • The history, art, culture and beauty of Minneapolis are marvels that must be experienced rather than witnessed. Nature meets skyscrapers, blending together to create unique sights and attractions that can only be experienced in Minneapolis. Tour the city with a knowledgeable guide, or venture into an adventure of your own; either way, the life of this city will unfold before your eyes. In Minneapolis, spectators become participants, so get ready to immerse yourself in our culture.
  • Self-guided tour of the new Physics and Nanotechnology building. The building is open to the public Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Posters describing the various research labs adorn the walls of the building and visitors are sure to enjoy the much-lauded public art outside the East entrance to the building.
  • Solar Car Race Finish LineThe University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle is participating in a cross country race that ends at the University of Minnesota, on Monday, July 28th.
  • Click here for Minneapolis tours and attractions.
  • Be sure to check out the list of fun things to do in St. Paul, as well! Activities range from art galleries to historical sites to professional sports to zoos. Where to begin all depends on what you're in the mood for, but we've got plenty of great tips to get you started - indoors, outdoors, and all along our 26 miles of Mississippi Riverfront.

  • Welcome to Minnesota! The Twin Cities have a lot to offer. Explore more suggested family friendly activities, activities relating to arts and culture, and seasonal activities.

  • Minneapolis has been ranked among the best biking cities in the country. Looking for somewhere to ride? Take a look at the Twin Cities biking maps and Twin Cities area bike trails.

    Minnesota Monthly's Visitors Guide offers suggestions on attractions, dining, shopping, culture, sports, & outdoors.

  • City Pages offers a calendar of events happening in and near the Twin Cities, suggestions on restaurants, and much more!

Family-friendly activities

    Mueseums, Zoos and Aquariums
    • The Bell Museum on campus has extensive natural history exhibits, a mini-planetarium (staffed by Astrophysics majors) and a touch and see room. Further afield, in downtown Saint Paul, The Science Museum of Minnesota and the History Museum provide great days out for families.
    • The Como Zoo and Conservatory and adjacent amusement park, Como Town, make a closer, cheaper alternative to the Minnesota Zoo and Valley Fair.
    • The Raptor Center on the St. Paul campus offers a unique chance to see and learn about these amazing birds up close and help a good cause as well. The Gibbs Farm museum, also on the St. Paul Campus shows kids what life was like in Minnesota way back in the day.
    • Sealife at the Mall of America offers a walk through a shark tank.
    • The Mill City Museum is an easy trip from Courtyard Marriot hotel and does a kid-friendly take on local history.
    • The Bakken Museum is a small, quirky science museum that no physics geek should miss.
    • The Minneapolis Institute of Arts has a vast collection with something for everyone from suits of medieval armour to mummies.
    • The Minnesota Children's Museum and The Science Museum of Minnesota, both in downtown St. Paul, are the largest of their kind in the area. Both offer more hands-on, kid-friendly displays than one family could possibly explore in a single trip.
    Few people outside the midwest realize that Minneapolis/St. Paul has one of the largest live theater scenes in the country.


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